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'''Montague Rhodes James''' (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936), who used the publication name '''''', was an English author, Medieval studies|medievalist scholar and provost (education)|provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–18), and of Eton College (1918–36). Though James's work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost story|ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic fiction|Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James's protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarianism|antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story".Briggs, Julia (1986). "James, M(ontague) R(hodes)". In Jack Sullivan (literary scholar)|Sullivan, Jack, ed.,...
Birth nameMontague Rhodes James
Imagesize| caption = M. R. James, c. 1900
PseudonymM. R. James
Birth date{{Birth date|1862|08|01|df=yes}}
Birth placeGoodnestone, Dover|Goodnestone, Kent, England
Death date{{Death date and age|1936|06|12|1862|08|01|df=yes}}
Death placeEton, Berkshire|Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
OccupationAuthor, scholar
Period| genre = Fantasy, ghost story|ghost stories
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